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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The president-elect returns to the campaign trail Friday.

Donald Trump will join Louisiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kennedy at a midday get-out-the-vote rally in Baton Rouge. Louisiana is holding a runoff election on Saturday, Dec. 10, between Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell.

Before Trump heads to Louisiana, he is holding meetings in New York. House Speaker Paul Ryan is convening with the president-elect there this morning, his first meeting with Trump at Trump Tower, sources with the Trump transition team and Ryan's office tell ABC News.

Trump is to close out the day with a "thank you tour" rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Michigan was the last state Trump visited on Election Day before heading back to New York. The Great Lakes State's results were not certified until Nov. 28 -- nearly three weeks after the Nov. 8 election, and the final count was exceptionally close.

Trump won Michigan by a 10,704-vote margin over Democrat Hillary Clinton out of a total of nearly 4.8 million votes cast. A statewide vote recount of the presidential vote that was underway for three days at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein was cancelled Wednesday when a federal judge upheld a lower court ruling that Stein didn't meet the state's standard to request a recount.

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will continue the "thank you tour" next week with planned visits to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump is reprising the slogan of his historic presidential campaign as the official theme of a five-day inaugural celebration in the nation's capital next month, ABC News has learned.

The Trump inaugural committee is set to announce “Make America Great Again!” — a rallying cry for his supporters that some critics saw as divisive during the campaign — will be a central component of messaging around the event, which it says aims to unite the country.

"The theme is very simple," Trump inaugural chairman Tom Barrack told ABC News. “The idea is to have a cross cut of harmony of America and normal Americans that reflects on them, not on the power and prestige of this man."

The slogan followed Trump long before the official announcement of his candidacy, when he tweeted the words the day after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election. The phrase is now most notably emblazoned on the signature red trucker hats that adorn the Trump faithful across the nation.

But it also was framed by Hillary Clinton during the general election as loaded language that, she argued, evoked a U.S. past where the nation was less diverse and more divided.

"That was Hillary Clinton's attempt during the election. Obviously, it didn't work," said Boris Epshteyn, the communications director for the inaugural committee. "Americans do want to make this country great again, they do see serious issues with this country and they do believe, like I do, that Donald Trump is the person to fix those issues."

Barrack, the inaugural committee chairman, told ABC News that Trump will be attending two official inaugural balls on the evening of Jan. 20, as well as an additional “Salute to Our Armed Forces Ball” celebrating the nation's armed forces and first responders.

"The balls are kind of a confusing quagmire because the states themselves have their own celebratory events," Barrack said. "We'll have basically three balls. Two in the [Washington] Convention Center, one called the Commander in Chief ball, which is a traditional military ball. And then we'll have a series of private dinners."

It's a stark contrast from recent inaugurations. President Obama attended 10 inaugural balls and former President George W. Bush attended eight inaugural balls to celebrate their first inaugurations.

"This is a workman-like inaugural. This is not a coronation," Epshteyn said. "And you've seen some inaugurals in the past that maybe did seem like a coronation. Again, it's every president's choice. This president wants to get to work."

And the next first lady, Melania Trump, will also play a prominent role.

“She’s a full part in the victory celebration for the president-elect and she's an essential part of not only his marriage, but as his wife and his platform,” Barrack said. “So she will be visible and prominent and very dominant in things she is going to take responsibility for. And I'm going to let that be a surprise.”

Both Barrack and Epshteyn also denied recent reports that the inaugural committee was struggling to find A-list talent for performances during the day’s festivities.

"No struggle, whatsoever," Epshteyn said. "We have world-class talent, world-class entertainers reaching out to us offering their help, offering their services so no struggle, whatsoever."

The week of inauguration will be filled with an array of traditional events, including balls, dinners, luncheons and opportunities for supporters to meet the Trump team and Cabinet nominees.

"He knows how to throw a party," Barrack said.

Epshteyn said announcements about entertainment and additional information will be released in the coming weeks.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has blasted the president-elect's critics — namely Hillary Clinton supporters — for fueling a barrage of death threats against her.

"Anytime I respond, anytime I defend myself against these ... allegations that are now leading to death threats ... I'm seen as ungracious," Conway said during an interview Thursday on MSNBC with Chris Matthews, referring, in part, to claims that the Trump campaign gave a platform to white nationalists. "Why are we sore winners? I'm not a sore winner. I'm a winner. My guy is a winner. He's the next president of the United States."

.@KellyannePolls talks to @HardballChris about receiving death threats and the need to end incendiary rhetoric https://t.co/wF6jv1b8nl

— Hardball (@hardball) December 9, 2016

Conway also slammed Jen Palmieri, who was communications director for Clinton's presidential campaign, for penning an op-ed in The Washington Post Thursday which claimed the Trump campaign catered to white supremacists.

Palmieri wrote, "I don’t know whether the Trump campaign needed to give a platform to white supremacists to win. But the campaign clearly did, and it had the effect of empowering the white-nationalist movement."

The Washington Post
also ran a piece written by editorial board member Jonathan Capeheart titled, "Yes, Kellyanne Conway, you did provide a platform for white supremacy."

When asked by MSNBC's Matthews if the back-and-forth accusations are "going to end," Conway cited the Post pieces, as well as the death threats.

"Ask Jen Palmieri that because she's writing an op-ed, somebody else in The Washington Post today has a scathing headline about me which is not true but did lead to some death threats today and that'll be on their doorstep."

Conway added, "The fact is that [the Trump] campaign ran a race where we reached into those working class voters who felt they were the forgotten man or forgotten woman, they were the base of our support," she said. "All [the Hillary Clinton campaign] needed to do was have a compelling, sticky, aspirational message for the American people....all I heard was, 'We're not Donald Trump. That's not a message."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Pending Senate confirmation of his picks, President-elect Donald Trump is poised to have the most retired general officers or flag officers serving together in a Cabinet since the administration of Harry S. Truman.

Before Truman, you'd have to go back to the post–Civil War era to find at least two generals in the Cabinet Room. The administrations of Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley all had at least two retired war generals serving at the same time.

So far, Trump has chosen retired Gen. James Mattis as his defense secretary and retired Gen. John Kelly as homeland security secretary. But Trump could go even further; Gen. David Petraeus is being considered for secretary of state.

To surpass Grant, himself a war general, Trump would need to appoint two more generals. Grant's secretary of war, secretary of the Navy and vice president (Cabinet positions at the time) served as generals. That VP, Henry Wilson, it should be noted, rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Massachusetts militia and later was made a colonel in the Union Army. Hayes appointed two former Union generals to his Cabinet, as did McKinley.

But top brass are not new to the Cabinet or the White House. Retired generals with relatively recent administration roles include Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, and Al Haig, who was secretary of state under Ronald Reagan as well as chief of staff under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Barack Obama appointed one retired general to his Cabinet (Eric Shinseki, formerly at the Department of Veterans Affairs), and he surrounded himself with retired general officers or flag officers in a number of senior positions.

At various times Obama had Petraeus as head of the CIA, Gen. Jim Jones as national security adviser and, in succession, Adm. Dennis Blair and Gen. James Clapper as director of national intelligence.

In addition to his Cabinet picks, Trump has tapped retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn to be his national security adviser, a position that is not Cabinet level but closely consults with the president.

If Trump brings on a retired general like Petraeus as his secretary of state, it will be the first time the Defense and State departments will be simultaneously run by retired four-star officers.

Ed Lengel, the chief historian at the White House Historical Association, noted that Ronald Reagan appointed Haig and Caspar Weinberger, both of whom had served in the military, to his Cabinet. These men, however, served at lower ranks of captain or colonel.

"It certainly is not unprecedented for a commander in chief ... to surround himself with military talent at multiple levels," Lengel said. "But Donald Trump's appointment, particularly of officers who had retired so recently from military service, is quite unusual."

Grant and Truman, Lengel said, hired officers who retired two or three decades earlier. "Trump is setting a new precedent by appointing such a large number of recently retired staff level Cabinet members," Lengel said.

Congress would need to pass a special law overriding a U.S. prohibition on military officers from becoming secretary of defense less than seven years after leaving service. That requirement has been waived only once, for George Marshall in 1950. National security adviser appointments do not require Senate confirmation, and there is no equivalent law that applies to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump's decision to hire military officers in his Cabinet is somewhat surprising in light of the things he has said about generals during his campaign. In November of 2015 he said in a speech, "I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me," adding, "I would bomb the s--- out of them."

We don't have the leadership, including the Generals (who just said the element of surprise does not matter) to attack anyone! Cool it.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2013

"The generals under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have not been successful," Trump said at televised military forum in September. "Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble, reduced to a point where it is embarrassing for our country."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  President-elect Donald Trump is set to remain an executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice, a representative for MGM tells ABC News. MGM holds a majority stake in Mark Burnett Productions, which owns The Apprentice.

The news comes as Trump is facing questions about what business ties, if any, he will keep as he assumes the presidency and criticism that he could face conflicts of interest.

Trump has tweeted "I will be leaving my great business" and said he will details his plans later this month.

When asked about the Celebrity Apprentice role, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said: "Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett."

"Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared December 15th," she added.

 News of Trump's continued role with the show was first reported by Variety. A new season of Celebrity Apprentice is scheduled to begin on NBC in January with Arnold Schwarzenegger as host.

NBC referred questions to MGM.

Norman Eisen, the former “ethics czar” for President Obama said this will be "yet another business conflict for [Trump]."

"He will be tempted, consciously or otherwise, to favor NBC or use the White House to promote this source of revenue. It is one more example of why he must divest all his interests into a blind trust or the equivalent, with these broadcast-related rights monetized and sold to someone else,” Eisen wrote in email to ABC News.


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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) --  The death of legendary astronaut John Glenn sparked an outpouring of tributes, including from President Obama, who said the space pioneer "lifted the hopes of a nation."

"With John's passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend," Obama said. "John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becoming, at age 77, the oldest human to touch the stars."

Obama called Glenn, who died at 95, the "last of America's first astronauts."

"John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond -- not just to visit, but to stay."

The president said the nation has "lost an icon" and that he and Michelle Obama have "lost a friend."

Tributes to Glenn, who was the first American to orbit the earth and also served as Ohio senator, began pouring into social media immediately after news of his death broke today.

The U.S. Marine Corps called Glenn a U.S. hero and one "Marine Corps Aviation's legendary trailblazers."

"Colonel John Glenn Jr. led a monumental life from his time serving as a fighter pilot in WWII and the Korean War to becoming the first American to orbit the Earth and fifth person in space," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

 Several public figures including Retired Astronaut Scott Kelly, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as well as President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, took to social media to pay tribute to the space pioneer.

NASA tweeted a tribute as well.

We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra. pic.twitter.com/89idi9r1NB

— NASA (@NASA) December 8, 2016

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The selection of Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised concerns among some scientists and people who’ve worked with the EPA.

Pruitt, the Republican attorney general for Oklahoma since 2011, has interacted most directly with the EPA by suing it over what he sees as over-reaching federal regulations. Some scientists have also questioned his fitness to run the environmental agency considering he has publicly stated that he believes the debate over the cause of global warming is “far from settled.”

His nomination to now lead the agency is akin to putting "someone in charge of the Defense Department who doesn't believe we should have a military, or someone in charge of the Transportation Department who doesn't like roads," said Dan Kanninen, a former White House liaison at the EPA.

But Pruitt, 48, appears to pride himself on his work against the EPA, describing himself as a "leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda" in his biography on the official Oklahoma state website.

“I am deeply grateful and honored to serve as President-elect Trump’s EPA Administrator,” Pruitt said in in a Trump transition team statement today announcing his selection, which requires Senate approval.

"The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”

Here is where he falls on some of the issues:

He Believes the Global Warming Debate Is Unsettled

Pruitt co-authored a May op-ed piece for the National Review, a conservative publication, saying "global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time," but "that debate is far from settled."

"Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind," the article reads.

But the vast majority of scientists in this field disagree, according to multiple studies cited by NASA. It says those studies claim 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree that “climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.”

Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, told ABC News that it should come as no surprise that Trump's EPA pick has "an anti-regulation" stance, but that shouldn't automatically rule out established science’s conclusion that mankind is contributing to global warming.

"The greatest concern that I have and that a lot of scientists have in response to this is the fact that this individual seems to have an anti-science agenda as well, and one can acknowledge the role that humans are playing in changing the chemistry of our atmosphere and changing the temperature on the planet and still disagree about what you do about it, and that's a policy discussion," Young said.

Oklahoma Joined a Challenge to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Pruitt and his office this year helped prepare a lawsuit, which included other states and was led by the West Virginia solicitor general, in which the plaintiffs are fighting the EPA to stop its plan to reduce power plant carbon dioxide emissions (the Clean Power Plan).

"This administration continues to treat states as mere vessels of federal will, abusing and disrespecting the vertical separation of powers defined by our Constitution,” Pruitt said after a day of hearings in the West Virginia v. EPA case in September.

“That is why attorneys general, senators and congressmen from across the country have joined together today to maintain rule of law and checks and balances in this very process. I am committed to ensuring the ultimate payer in this matter is not overlooked – the consumers.”

This position is in keeping with his overarching commitment as Oklahoma attorney general to eliminate what he calls “unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government,” according to his biography on the state website.

The case, West Virginia v. EPA, is still open and ongoing in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Oklahoma’s Own Lawsuit Was Dismissed

Pruitt had filed a similar lawsuit pre-emptively last year trying to stop the EPA from enforcing the same Clean Power Plan, saying it exceeded the agency’s authority and was already doing "irreparable harm" to Oklahoma.

"Whether the State of Oklahoma adopts a state plan to meet EPA’s goals or EPA promulgates a federal implementation plan, the EPA Power Plan forces the State of Oklahoma to undertake substantial legislative, regulatory, planning, and other activities," the suit alleged.

The case was dismissed in July 2015 and the appeal was dismissed in September 2015, according to the court docket.

He Supports the Keystone XL Pipeline

Pruitt released a statement in May saying the controversial pipeline would "continue to create jobs" and slammed President Obama and his administration for "continu[ing] to interfere with the completion of the pipeline."

"The president’s own State Department has concluded, after years of study, that the pipeline will do little to directly harm the environment or increase greenhouse gas emissions, so his actions to prohibit the pipeline are solely an attempt to place his 'legacy' and political ambition above our country’s ability to move closer to energy independence," Pruitt said in a statement.

He Has Ties to the Oil and Gas Industry

Beyond taking a public stance against the EPA and raising doubts about the scientifically established cause of global warming, Pruitt has financial alliances to the oil and gas industry that trouble some opponents. The connection largely comes from the various oil and natural gas extraction projects that are underway in Oklahoma, which have come under scrutiny amid the rise in fracking and earthquakes in the landlocked state.

While defenders of the projects argue that the increase in earthquakes is unrelated to fracking, Young, of Western Carolina University, says that when water released in the process is forced back into the ground, it frequently plays a major factor in causing earthquakes.

 The New York Times reported on Pruitt's ties to oil and gas in 2014 when it claimed that a letter from Pruitt to the EPA that was actually written by lawyers for Devon Energy, an oil and gas company based in Oklahoma.

In response to the Times report, Pruitt provided a statement to Oklahoma station KFOR: "The article did not accurately reflect what motivates my service and how we seek to make decisions on advancing these cases," the statement read. "Our responsibility is to protect Oklahoma’s interest when any federal agency seeks to displace the authority granted to the state under federal law. This administration has given us plenty of opportunity to litigate those matters in regards to energy, the environment, and health care and that is what is driving us, nothing more or nothing less."

"It should come as no surprise that I am working diligently with Oklahoma energy companies, the people of Oklahoma and the majority of attorneys general to fight the unlawful overreach of the EPA and other federal agencies," the letter read.

Kanninen, who has worked in several Democratic political positions, including his time at the Obama White House and working as a Wisconsin state director for Obama's campaign during the 2008 election, said Pruitt "is someone who has been in the belly of the oil and gas industry; that’s where he comes from."

"He's well known as an antagonist to the environmental community. Someone who's repeatedly taken the side of the oil and gas industry," Kanninen said.

Campaign finance records show that Pruitt received $5,000 in contributions from the Koch Industries PAC during his 2010 campaign for attorney general, and BP donated $500.

He also received contributions from the Marathon Oil Company Employee's PAC for $1,000, the Chevron Employees PAC for $1,000 and the OGE Energy Corp. Employee's PAC for $3,500, according to Oklahoma state records.

Trump, however, praised Pruitt's work and said in a statement announcing his pick that Pruitt would "reverse this trend" of how he alleges the EPA spends "taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Fast food executive Andrew Puzder has been tapped to head the Department of Labor, the Trump transition team said Thursday.

“Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor,” Trump said in a statement. “Andy will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety standards and ensuring workers receive the benefits they deserve, and he will save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.”

Puzder said he was "honored" to be selected and believes "that the right government policies can result in more jobs and better wages for the American worker," he said in a statement provided by the Trump team. The position will require Senate confirmation.

Puzder, who has spent his career in the private sector, is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., which is the parent company of fast food chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr.

Puzder is a vocal opponent of the Obama administration’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25. He criticized a recent Labor Department rule expanding eligibility for overtime pay.

“This new rule will simply add to the extensive regulatory maze the Obama Administration has imposed on employers, forcing many to offset increased labor expense by cutting costs elsewhere,” Puzder wrote in Forbes earlier this year. “In practice, this means reduced opportunities, bonuses, benefits, perks and promotions.”

He supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, arguing it could contribute to a “restaurant recession.”

In 2015, Puzder defended Carl’s Jr.’s racy television ads featuring scantily clad women, including a Super Bowl spot which stirred up controversy at the time.

"I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American," he told Entrepreneur last year.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's been one month since Election Day, but the real votes for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won’t be cast for another 11 days.

That's when the 538 actual people who make up the Electoral College will meet in state capitals across the country and cast their votes for president. Three hundred and six electoral votes are pledged to Donald Trump and 232 are pledged to Hillary Clinton.

But what happens if one of the electors actually casting the votes tries to go rogue? It's happened before and it could happen again this year.

Here's everything you need to know about the so-called faithless electors:

What Are Presidential Electors and Why Do They Matter?

As states were projected on election night last month, states were called for Trump or Clinton -- but voters across the country were really voting for electors who had promised to vote for Trump or Clinton in a process called the Electoral College.

Each state is worth a certain number of “electoral votes” -- for example, Michigan is worth 16. The first candidate to reach 270 electoral votes is declared the winner of the presidential election.

What comes next is the technical process of the Electoral College. The 538 electors chosen by voters on Election Day will meet in their respective state capitals on Monday, Dec. 19, to cast their votes for president and vice president. Many of them are technically free to vote for whomever they choose. The electoral votes will be counted in a joint Congress session on Jan. 6.

This process is usually ignored because it has never affected the outcome of the presidential election.

Can Electors Really Vote for Whomever They Want?

Many of them can. Only 29 states and the District of Columbia have state laws on the books that try to force electors to vote for their party’s presidential candidate, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

Some laws set civil fines for electors who break their pledge while others appoint new electors to replace electors who go rogue. These laws have remained largely unchallenged in American courts and experts debate whether they are constitutional.

The rest are free agents. However, most electors are chosen because they are loyalists to the state party, so most are very unlikely to stray from their party’s candidate.

Have Electors Gone Rogue Before?

Yes. More than 150 electors have gone rogue since the first presidential election in 1788, according to data compiled by FairVote, a nonpartisan election reform organization.

Most rogue electors have acted alone. The most recent instance came in 2004, when an elector from Minnesota cast their presidential ballot for Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards.

In early presidential elections, some groups of electors in 1832 and 1836 did vote as a group, according to FairVote. A group of 30 electors in Pennsylvania refused to vote for Martin Van Buren for vice president and a group of 23 electors in Virginia refused to vote for Richard Johnson for vice president.

No faithless electors have voted together in more than 100 years.

Could This Year's Electors Go Rogue and Elect Clinton Instead of Trump?

It’s virtually impossible. More than three dozen electors would need to defect from Trump in order to deadlock the Electoral College -- an extraordinary number that would mark the most rogue electors in American history absent a candidate’s death.

So far, only one Republican elector has committed to stray from his pledge. Christopher Suprun, one of the Republican members of the Electoral College from Texas, says he will not vote for Trump in a New York Times opinion piece out on Monday.

“I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office,” he wrote. “Mr. Trump lacks the foreign policy experience and demeanor needed to be commander-in-chief,” he writes, suggesting unifying around another Republican, such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Another group this year, dubbed “Hamilton Electors,” have tried to rally GOP electors around another candidate. A handful of Democratic electors in that group say they are willing to support a different Republican for president.

They point to Federalist 68, written by Alexander Hamilton, as evidence for their cause. “The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,” he wrote.

Hypothetically, What Would Happen if Their Plan Worked?

Assuming no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, the election would get thrown to the U.S. House of Representatives with the top three electoral vote getters -- likely Trump, Clinton and another candidate.

Each state delegation in the U.S. House would get one combined vote to cast. Republicans control a majority of the state delegations in the House. The first candidate to earn votes from 26 states would win.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Meet one of the real 538 electors, Christopher Suprun a Republican from Texas. Suprun has decided to vote for someone other than Donald Trump when he casts his electoral college vote later this month. He believes other electors are right there with him.

"At this point there are people who have reached out to me. Again it wouldn’t be my place to name who they are," he said, though he indicated he was talking about Republican electors.

"I am confident in saying, at this point," he continued,"I don’t think I will be the only one voting for someone other than Donald Trump who is carrying a Republican elector seat."

Suprun told Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the Powerhouse Politics Podcast that he is not sure which former candidate will earn the vote since his choice, Ohio Governor John Kasich, has said he is not interested.

"As electors come forward, and I have had conversations with other Republican electors in particular, I think we will start discussing names specifically and see who meets the test that we could all get behind," he said.

"The point of this isn’t just to go down and raise a little ruckus it is to vote for the person we think would best be able to hold the position."

Suprun says he has received both positive and negative reactions. On the positive side are people who say his actions restore their faith in the country. On the other side he has "received several twitter threats directly."

"I have been told that this type of action leads to insurrection, which I think is unfortunate," Suprun said. "There has been some backlash. Unfortunately there are some Trump backers who think violence is the answer."

Suprun had been a Trump supporter but said he "started having very serious doubts two weeks ago when on the Sunday talk shows Mr. Trump started talking about a phantom three million illegal votes, where he was attacking members of the press for exercising their first amendment rights."

"I think he is the only candidate I am aware of who ever asked a foreign country to hack his political opponent’s e mail account to find out what is in them, which I consider almost an invitation to espionage. We know he has been a demagogue. He has not attempted to unite the country. Even when Time Magazine made him their Person Of The Year they called him 'President of the Divided States of America.' And, finally, most objectively, he seems to have financial conflicts of interest which he won’t resolve."

Suprun said he is in favor of an electoral college, but doesn’t think it should be "a rubber stamp." As he wrote in his recent New York Times article, he believes his actions fall squarely in the Hamiltonian tradition. He wrote that "the United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states' votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton didn’t shy away from some dark humor in her opening remarks during a speech at retiring Sen. Harry Reid’s tribute and portrait unveiling Thursday.

“This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to be giving after the election,” she said. “But after a few weeks of taking selfies in the woods, I thought it would be a good idea to come out. And I'm very grateful to Harry for inviting me to be a part of this celebration.”

The Senate minority leader from Nevada retires from Congress this year and was honored with a portrait in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump plans on visiting Ohio State University to privately meet with victims of last week's attack, as well as first responders, according to the college.

On Nov. 28, an 18-year-old OSU student drove into pedestrians with a car and then began stabbing people, leaving 11 injured. OSU Officer Alan Horujko fatally shot the suspect, putting an end to the rampage.

After the meetings at OSU, Trump is expected to address the media, according to a statement from the school's public relations team.

Trump will also continue his thank-you tour Thursday with a stop in Des Moines, Iowa -- a state that helped him win the White House.

The president-elect's rally is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET at the Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center.

Iowa is Trump's third stop. He held a rally in Ohio last week, where he said he had "a lot of fun fighting Hillary Clinton" and held his second rally on Monday in North Carolina, where he threatened to take action against flag burners and also formally announced retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his defense secretary pick.

On Wednesday, Trump tapped Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the next U.S. ambassador to China, and Gov. Branstad will join Trump at the rally Thursday night.

Trump won the Hawkeye State on Election Day with 52 percent of the vote, compared to Clinton's 42 percent. Trump, however, finished second in the Iowa Republican caucuses back in February.

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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Political types aren't the only ones descending on Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, New York for a meeting with the president-elect and his transition team.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump met with Hollywood heavyweight Leonardo DiCaprio and Terry Tamminen, the chief executive officer of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which "is dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants," according to the foundation's mission statement.

"Today, we presented the president-elect and his advisers with a framework -- which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism -- that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure," Tamminen said in a statement.

Tamminen said the meeting "focused on how [to] create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation."

The meeting -- which was not announced ahead of time by the transition team -- also included a discussion about the polarizing issue of climate change.

"Climate change is bigger than politics, and the disastrous effects on our planet and our civilization will continue regardless of what party holds majorities in Congress or occupies the White House," Tamminen said.

And it seems that the trio will continue their dialogue.

"The president-elect expressed his desire for a follow-up meeting in January, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change, while putting millions of people to work at the same time," Tamminen said.

DiCaprio also met with Ivanka Trump and a couple of other Trump advisers while at Trump Tower, a source with knowledge of the meeting said.

On Wednesday afternoon, former New York Police Department detective and 2017 New York City mayoral candidate Bo Dietl tweeted a photo of DiCaprio and Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of SkyBridge Capital and a member of Donald Trump's transition team, as well as others, dining together.

Earlier this week, ABC News confirmed DiCaprio recently met with Ivanka Trump and gave her a copy of his documentary Before the Flood.

The meeting occurred on the heels of Donald Trump's Monday meeting with former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore.

The meeting also comes on the same day a senior Trump adviser said Trump has selected Oklahoma State Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a strong critic of the EPA, and his nomination drew swift criticism from some prominent Democrats and environmental groups.

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Chandler West for Hillary For America(WASHINGTON) --  First lady Michelle Obama hosted a staff holiday party at the Washington, D.C., restaurant "We the Pizza" on Tuesday night, two people in attendance confirm to ABC News.

"It was a very exclusive, private event for her and her staff," owner and chef Spike Mendelsohn told ABC News in a phone interview. "It was a celebration of all the work her staff has done over the last eight years."

A second person who attended the soirée said it was "emotional."

Mendelsohn says many in the room, including him, were brought to tears by remarks the first lady gave to the staff -- telling them "not to harp on the negativity and keep up the good work."

"Her message struck a cord, it was emotional, especially with everything that's happening now with the country and the world," he said.

He described the mood in the room as simultaneously "joyful and celebratory" but also "real."

"There was an underlying sadness that it's come to an end," he noted.

Mendelsohn posted a photo of cookies from the event on his Instagram account.

The first lady's office has not responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --  Kellyanne Conway, the political pollster who became the first Republican woman to run a presidential campaign, said Wednesday she might not continue to advise President-elect Donald Trump from inside the White House because of her four young children.

“My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea for mom going inside [the White House]," Conway told the audience at Politico's "Women Rule" event at the Park Hyatt Washington. "They have to come first and those are very fraught ages."

Conway said while there are opportunities for working mothers in the nation's capital, "we still have to make choices and there are limits."

President Barack Obama's senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, the event's keynote speaker, said she imparted some advice to Conway about being a working mom in the White House.

"I encouraged her to give it a try,” Jarrett said. “First of all, because the experience inside the White House, working with somebody who you respect and know as well as she does, the president-elect is unique, and I’ve had the benefit of that and I wouldn’t have traded the last years for anything.”

 President Obama made helping working families a priority during his administration and during the 2016 presidential election, Trump’s daughter Ivanka spearheaded efforts to make childcare support for parents an important part of the Trump agenda.

But despite her personal concerns about juggling motherhood and a formal White House role, Conway dismissed any notions that Trump does not support mothers in the White House.

“Mothers and married women and unmarried women -- they're all welcome in the Trump White House and he's made that very clear to me,” said Conway. Turning down a job at the White House, "would be my personal choice and not a demand on me."

Instead, Conway described her potential next job as head of a political “surround sound super-structure” in a Trump administration role similar to President Obama’s advisers David Plouffe and David Axelrod.

“This outside superstructure is important too because as you said, David Plouffe, who's a very close adviser to President Obama, he stayed outside. David Axelrod went inside and then I guess they kind of switched, so it's probably a matter of sequence,” said Conway.

She said the organization would get the message out on important agenda items for the White House. It would also allow her to spend time at home with her family.

”A friend made a really fascinating suggestion to me that maybe I could go -- he's going to want to see me on the morning shows and then go into the oval and then by 2 o'clock I've put in a full day but it's not a full day, 'cause it's the White House. But maybe I could go home and see the kids and help them with homework and then go back,” said Conway.

“Maybe I could help America's women in terms of feeling less guilty about balancing life and career and perhaps Skyping or Facetiming and showing how that's done. I mean there's something to that. So we'll figure all that out.”

During interviews with candidates for cabinet positions, Conway says she challenges the male candidates to think about their families first.

"I do politely mention to them that the question isn't, 'Would you take the job?' -- the male sitting across from me who's about to take a big role in the White House -- but 'Would you want your wife to? And you really see their whole would you want the mother of your children--you really see their entire visage change. It's like oh no they wouldn't want their wife to take that job.”

Still, Jarrett thinks Conway’s boss President Elect Trump would understand her concerns.

“I think tone starts at the top and if you have a relationship with your boss such that you can say, ‘look, this is a top priority. There’s nothing more important for me than being a good mom, but I think I can be a good mom and have the flexibility enough to do this job well,’” said Jarrett. “And that’s something I encouraged her to try.”

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